Man held over spying on Afande Kirumira’s family

The suspect was found with a phone containing contacts of senior security officials and Kirumira's family members

SECURITY | A man suspected of spying on the family of slain senior police officer Mohammed Kirumira has been arrested.

The suspect was arrested by Uganda People Defense Forces soldiers guarding the home of slain former Old Kampala Divisions Police Commander. He was also suspected of impersonating senior government and army officials.

The suspect was arrested on Monday evening after he attempted to flee the home of Kirumira’s family, according to security sources.

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UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire confirmed the arrest but declined to give details, saying he would issue official statement at appropriate time.

However, Mahad Mugenyi Asooka, a brother of the deceased, said that the suspect was even involved in burial arrangements despite the fact that he is not related in anyway to the family.

Mugenyi said the man had informed the family that he was sent by State House to help investigate Kirumira’s murder.

“His movements and conduct became suspicious, prompting us to move to arrest him but he sensed it and tried to flee before he was arrested by the UPDF soldiers guarding the home,” Mugenyi said.

Senior presidential press secretary Don Wanyama told this news website that he was not aware of the matter, adding that since it was a security matter, the responsible agencies should be with the detail.

Mugenyi, though, revealed that before being taken away by the military, the suspect was searched and found to be in possession of papers showing that he was once released from Kisenyi Police Post on bond and was in possession of a mobile phone which bore contacts of most of Kirumira’s family members and other senior security officers whom he had named as ‘Afande.’

This prompted the family to force the security personnel to investigate what his motives were.

Kirumira was shot dead by unknown assailants on Saturday near his home in Bulenga, a city suburb. Witnesses say the vocal cop had stopped to buy airtime at a roadside kiosk and was shortly joined by a woman identified as Resty Nalinya when the gunmen travelling on boda boda opened fire.

Nalinya also died in the attack.

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